Suan Lum Night Bazaar (also known as Lumphini Night Market) has been the most popular Bangkok night market for many years – until it closed down in 2011. Their lease expired and they couldn’t renew it.
When I came to Thailand the first time almost 20 years ago, it was one of the first night markets I visited. It was quite touristy, but nonetheless a lot of fun.
The market was open from 9pm, with some shops open later. It had vendors selling gifts, clothing, jewellery, fruit, compact discs, handmade products like tapestries and fine arts, such as paintings and sculptures. There was a large beer garden, with an array of food available, and live entertainment.
The market was popular with tourists and locals alike. However, it was also criticized for being overcrowded and chaotic. In early 2011, the market was closed by the Crown Property Bureau, which owned the land on which it was located.
So if you’re looking for that “great night market near Silom”, in Bangkok’s biggest park (Lumphini park), just know that it no longer exists.